North Star Shipping, a division of the family-owned global shipping and energy services firm The Craig Group, has been awarded a major contract with BP with a value of £63million.
The multi-service contract is for five years with a possible extension of five years and includes tanker assist, platform supply and emergency and response rescue vessels, all supporting BP’s operations in the North Sea.
Four vessels, with a possible fifth to be added are being contracted – the Grampian Talisker, Grampian Frontier, Grampian Conquest and Grampian Dee.
Callum Bruce, managing director of North Star, said: “The award of this contract strengthens our relationship with BP who we have worked with for over 25years. We continue to invest heavily in our fleet which has cemented our position as the largest British wholly owned fleet engaged in the UK offshore industry.”
Douglas Craig, chairman and managing director of the Craig Group, said: “Through continuous investment in our people, infrastructure and vessels, we are demonstrating our commitment to meeting the needs of clients with a service that is driven by safety and quality.”
“The vessels meet BP’s expectations in terms of safety, operability and efficiency and we continue to look for ways to provide the most innovative, cost effective solutions for all our customers.”
Mark Hardie, BP’s UK Logistics Infrastructure Manager, said: “This major award is the latest example of BP executing its long term marine strategy to support its UK offshore operations. BP has enjoyed a long and successful working relationship with North Star which has provided us with the confidence to widen and extend the service they provide to our business.”
The Craig Group fleet, operated by North Star, now stands at 35 vessels in service.
Press Release, April 16, 2013